- fiber arts, textile design, sculpture, history of science, philosophy, study of awe and wonder
- IU Bloomington
Fine Arts Building 143
Nora McGinnis is a fiber artist who approaches art making as a way of thinking through her hands – using tactile materials and processes to explore questions around science, philosophy and being. Her most recent body of work draws on images of space seen through telescopes like the Hubble and James Webb, translating these distant, intangible views into the intimate, concrete materials of felted wool and glass beads. This work explores practical questions like ‘how does light bend and warp when traveling through space?’ as well as more philosophical questions like ‘how does one anchor one’s place in the vastness of the universe?’. Her current research has led her into the origins and evolution of biological life, along with material studies in fused glass.
She previously taught Sculpture at Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI.